Criminal Justice Act (CJA)

Please review the court’s Information for Attorneys Attending In-Court Criminal Proceedings during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) (United States Code: Title 18, § 3006A) provides federal funds for attorneys, experts, and services necessary for the adequate representation of indigent defendants. In the Northern District, the CJA Unit of the Clerk’s Office administers the CJA.

In addition to overseeing payment to counsel and experts, the CJA Unit serves as a resource for panel members in their representation of indigent clients.

Note to Visitors:

The CJA Unit is currently doing some website housekeeping. If you have trouble finding what you are looking for, please contact us.

Important Notice:

Effective September 21, 2015, all claims for compensation under the CJA in the Northern District of California must made through eVoucher.